Transformation director now Lloyd’s COO

Transformation director now Lloyd’s COO

CFO Burkhard Keese, who has helped run Lloyd’s operations for over a year, will now focus on the finance function after transformation director Bob James (pictured) was promoted to chief operations officer as part of changes at Lloyd’s executive committee.

“Due to Bob’s strong leadership, the Blueprint Two program makes steady progress in our quest for market digitization and allows him to now expand his remit into the operations function of Lloyd’s,” Chief Executive John Neal said in a press release.

James took over the COO post on March 14, while current Deputy CFO Alex Cliff (pictured below) joined the Executive Committee. The changes aim to increase strategic focus to meet the priorities set by Lloyd’s.

“I am grateful for Burkhard’s support in leading operations over the past 14 months and am equally pleased that Deputy CFO Alex Cliff will bring her insight and experience to Lloyd’s Executive Committee,” added Neal.

James – whose credentials include time at CNA Insurance and QBE – has been with Lloyd’s since 2021. Cliff, who came on board in 2022, has been with companies like Direct Line Group and StarStone.

Meanwhile, it was announced that Keese will particularly focus on expanding Lloyd’s investment platform and risk transformation vehicle London Bridge.